Deadlocked is the twelfth book in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampires mysteries by Charlaine Harris. It is the penultimate book in the series. I have been back-burnering this series for years, choosing to pick them up only when I want something light and fun and familiar. It has been a long time since these books have been released and I am a long errant fan. It is time to finish them.
Sookie has always gotten into trouble because of her telepathic abilities. She hears far too many things about people that she would rather not be privy to. During a visit from the Vampire King of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Nevada, she discovers her long-time vampire lover, Eric, feeding from a young woman; a woman who mysteriously turns up dead hours later on his front lawn. This launches Sookie and her comrades into the spotlight of a murder investigation. Meanwhile, her best friend Tara is due any day with twins, her brother, Jason, has found love of his own, and the dynamics with Sam Merlotte have shifted since Sookie had gifted him with a large sum of money to float his bar for a time.
Everyone owes Sookie something, but now someone wants something from her. Sookie is in possession of the Cluviel Dor, an ancient fairy object that holds unimaginable power. Sookie, part-fairy herself on her grandfather’s side, is desperate to protect this secret but this is becoming harder to do as she suspects that other people would harm her in order to attain it.
This series is very much winding down. That much is clear. All of the character dynamics are heading towards their natural ends, but it is interesting to see where Harris is taking them. People are pairing off and a few good-byes were said in this book. It will be interesting to see what plot lines are closed and which will remain open.
Sookie herself is far more established then she was in the first book. She has grown leaps and bounds with every book and yet she remains the same irrepressible every-woman heroine that we have all loved since book one. She has a few decisions to make in book thirteen, the most notable of which is where she will end up romantically. It’s no secret that her relationship with Eric Northman has been strained even before seeing him with another woman. Sookie wants more than he could possibly give her and she is starting to realize that. It will be interesting to see if she breaks from him in the final book Dead Ever After. Given that the internet was quite mad about the ending of the series I suspect that she very well might.
Overall though, I am still happy to continue to read this series, even as it winds down. Please tell me no spoilers for the duration of my read. I want to enjoy it.
4 out of 5 stars.
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